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Setting Up Node.js to Serve Web Applications
By Jesse Smith
Dec 8, 2014
In Part 1 of a five-part series, programming expert Jesse Smith gives you a solid introduction to Node.js and shows you how to start using it for serving web applications.
Creating IronPython Desktop Applications Using .NET Components
By Jesse Smith
Nov 21, 2014
Jesse Smith shows you how to create a simple IronPython desktop application using .NET Framework components and the IronPython runtime library. Being able to build a Pythonic application while using the .NET Framework for the interface and other potential functionality makes your application much less complex and easier to maintain.
Integrating Python and .NET Using IronPython
By Jesse Smith
Nov 14, 2014
Jesse Smith shows you how to combine the two languages to serve the same .NET application. You get the best of both worlds: Python and .NET work together to provide reusable code functionality without your having to rewrite the code base for a single environment.
The Hard Way Is Easier: An Introduction to Learn Ruby the Hard Way
By Zed A. Shaw
Nov 12, 2014
Zed Shaw explains the right way to learn to program in this introduction to Learn Ruby the Hard Way.
Video: Introduction to Git and GitHub Workshop
By Peter Bell
Nov 7, 2014
Learn the key commands to quickly become productive using Git and best practices for using GitHub to collaborate with your team. These excerpts from Git and GitHub LiveLessons (Workshop) by Peter Bell cover resolving merge conflicts, rebasing, and merging in a pull request.
AngularJS Fundamental Concepts for Building Web Applications: Part 4
By Jesse Smith
Nov 6, 2014
In the concluding article of a four-part series, Jesse Smith shows you how to use web forms with AngularJS to submit data to a back-end database.
Power Up Your Large-Scale JavaScript Development with TypeScript
By Bill Wagner
Nov 5, 2014
Bill Wagner, author of Effective C#: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your C#, Second Edition, explores the TypeScript language, walking through a detailed example that shows how TypeScript complements JavaScript. Learn how to build modern code that's more productive and easier to maintain.
The Mobile Commerce Revolution and the Current State of Mobile
By Tim Hayden, Tom Webster
Oct 20, 2014
The statistics in this chapter from The Mobile Commerce Revolution: Business Success in a Wireless World underline what is truly powerful about mobile technology: It’s not about enabling things we couldn’t have imagined. Instead, today’s mobile technology enables exactly what the average consumer could have imagined, albeit in settings and situations that could not have been predicted.
Understanding JavaScript
By Julie C. Meloni
Oct 20, 2014
This chapter from HTML, CSS and JavaScript All in One, Sams Teach Yourself: Covering HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery, 2nd Edition introduces the concept of web scripting and the JavaScript language. As the chapter moves ahead, you’ll learn how to include JavaScript commands directly in your HTML documents, and how your scripts will be executed when the page is viewed in a browser. You will work with a simple script, edit it, and test it in your browser, all the while learning the basic tasks involved in creating and using JavaScript scripts.
AngularJS Fundamental Concepts for Building Web Applications: Part 3
By Jesse Smith
Oct 15, 2014
In Part 3 of a 4-part series, programming expert Jesse Smith shows you how to use web forms validation the easy way with AngularJS to validate and prepare data before posting to a database.
Accustoming Yourself to Ruby
By Peter J. Jones
Oct 7, 2014
In this excerpt from Effective Ruby: 48 Specific Ways to Write Better Ruby, Peter J. Jones examines Ruby's unique take on common programming ideas. That is, those that impact every part of your program, such as Treat All Objects as If They Could Be nil and Avoid Ruby’s Cryptic Perlisms.
Introduction to JavaFX
By Paul Anderson, Gail Anderson
Oct 6, 2014
In this chapter from JavaFX Rich Client Programming on the NetBeans Platform, you’ll learn the basics of JavaFX, its structure, and the philosophy of how JavaFX constructs a GUI. You’ll learn about different coding styles and discover the styles that best suit you and your development team.
Retrofitting an Existing Site to a Responsive Mobile Design
By Phil Dutson
Sep 29, 2014
It doesn’t matter whether you are working for yourself, as a freelancer, for a corporation, or even as part of a design studio—at some point, you will be asked to take an existing site and make it work on everything. This might seem overwhelming but is by no means impossible. In this chapter from Responsive Mobile Design: Designing for Every Device, you learn about choosing the proper layout, working with site components, and keeping some important issues in mind when going mobile.
Hit the Ground Running with MongoDB and Python
By Stephen B. Morris
Sep 16, 2014
Stephen B. Morris describes how to get started with MongoDB and Python. As usual with Python, you can get productive quickly, without worrying about complex IDEs. MongoDB has a simple data model and easy-to-understand semantics, giving you a handy on-ramp to this interesting technology.
An Introduction to Data Visualization in JavaScript: How to Use Data-Joins in D3
By Ritchie S King
Sep 12, 2014
Data-joins are the bread and butter of D3. This chapter from Visual Storytelling with D3: An Introduction to Data Visualization in JavaScript covers how to use data-joins to add elements to a webpage and then manipulate them with data.
Learn Ruby the Hard Way: Comments and Pound Characters
By Zed A. Shaw
Sep 8, 2014
Comments are very important in your programs. They are used to tell you what something does in English, and they are used to disable parts of your program if you need to remove them temporarily. Zed Shaw shows you how to use them in Ruby, in this excerpt from Learn Ruby the Hard Way: A Simple and Idiomatic Introduction To The Imaginative World Of Computational Thinking With Code, 3rd Edition.
AngularJS Fundamental Concepts for Building Web Applications: Part 2
By Jesse Smith
Aug 19, 2014
In Part 2 of this series, programming expert Jesse Smith continues his discussion of AngularJS by exploring modules and services.
AngularJS Fundamental Concepts for Building Web Applications: Part 1
By Jesse Smith
Aug 12, 2014
In Part 1 of a two-part series, Jesse Smith gives you a solid introduction to AngularJS and how the framework is used to create simple web applications.
Introducing Learning Labs: A New Way to Learn Programming
By Jennifer Kyrnin, Phil Ballard, Brad Dayley
Aug 9, 2014
In this interview with Jennifer Kyrnin, Brad Dayley, and Phil Ballard, authors of HTML5 Mobile Application Development in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself (Learning Lab), jQuery and JavaScript in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself (Learning Lab), and JavaScript in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself (Learning Lab), respectively, answer some questions about this new format and what you can learn from it.
Introduction to Core HTML5 2D Game Programming
By David Geary
Aug 5, 2014
Learn how to implement a full-fledged HTML5 video game so that you can learn how to create one of your own. In this chapter, David Geary looks at the game Snail Bait from a high level to get a feel for its features and to understand some of the best practices it implements.

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